April 19, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox
Daryl Grabarek

About Daryl Grabarek

Daryl Grabarek dgrabarek@mediasourceinc.com is the editor of School Library Journal's monthly enewsletter, Curriculum Connections, and its online column Touch and Go. Before coming to SLJ, she held librarian positions in private, school, public, and college libraries. Her dream is to manage a collection on a remote island in the South Pacific.

Apps for #EarthDay | Touch and Go

A selection of apps highlighting plants, animals, and ecosystems to share with your students as Earth Day approaches.

Sarah Crossan’s “Moonrise” | An Interview

In a poetic exploration of the justice system, family ties, and forgiveness, Crossan delivers a poignant story that will leave readers with much to ponder.

In Time for Spring: “Bloom” | Touch and Go

A STEM app for young learners that encourages discussion and exploration.

Alma and How She Got Her Name by Juana Martinez-Neal | SLJ Review

PreS-Gr 2 –It’s said there’s a story behind every name and Alma Sofia Esperanza José Pura Candela is surely a moniker worthy of six tales.

The Astute Miss Fisher Goes Interactive | Touch and Go

This engaging game will intrigue mystery buffs and entertain fans of the “Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries” television series.

What’s in a Name? A Conversation With Juana Martinez-Neal

Juana Martinez-Neal, the recipient of the 2018 Pura Belpré Award for illustration, has a new book and it’s one that sure to inspire kids to ask about the stories behind their names.

Trolling An Underwater Ecosystem: Tinybop Inc.’s “Coral Reef” | Touch and Go

The 10th entry in Tinybop Inc.’s “Explorer’s Library” is now available.

Artie’s Magic Pencil | Touch and Go

An interactive adventure in which children help the protagonist move through a story while they exercise their fine-motor skills.

Fiete Puzzle | Touch and Go

A new app from Ahoiii Entertainment offers children an opportunity to exercise their fine-motor and visual discrimination skills.

A “Man Utterly Beyond Category” | Tonya Bolden on Frederick Douglass

Two hundred years after the birth of the orator, statesman, and human rights activist, the author offers a close look at his life and achievements.

Stock Up On Sports Titles | Fiction & Nonfiction for an Olympic Season

With the arrival of the 2018 Olympics educators can anticipate a spiked interest in sports.

Fox and Sheep’s Movie Creator | Touch and Go

With a variety of backgrounds, characters, and special effects to incorporate, Movie Creator will spark creativity and imaginative play.

How To Make Electricity | Touch and Go

Introducing interactive experiments on the iPad that demonstrate principles of electricity.

Top 10 Apps 2017

Gaming apps reign this year—incorporating logic, spatial awareness, and strategy skills into the mix.

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The Land of Fire and Ice | Iceland’s “Upstart Island”

Author and scientist Loree Griffin Burns reports on a trip to Surtsey with a group of Icelandic scientists.

Sim Cell by Touch Press | Touch and Go

A new app from Touch Press puts students inside a cell on a mission.

Hanging out with Frank Lloyd Wright, Mary Wong, and Jack Gantos #AASL17

An #AASL pre-conference tour offered an opportunity to visit a National Historic Landmark and an extraordinary collection of children’s book art.

Just In Time for Día de los Muertos: The “Little Skeletons” | Touch and Go

Delightful animations and lively music will make this holiday and concept app a favorite all year round.

Fiete Cars & Sports: Way To Go! | Touch and Go

The playful, skill-building “Fiete” apps from Ahoiii Entertainment are ever popular with children. The latest just picked up an award at the Frankfurt Book Fair.

They’ve Got Moxie | In Conversation with Celia C. Pérez and Jennifer Mathieu

Two authors geek out on Sassy, punk bands, zines—and their new books.